|Bell School PTO News Update |
April 2nd, 2019
|Keep up to date by regularly checking our on-line calendar and our Facebook page. Here’s what’s coming up!|
April 3rd-Noon Dismissal/Professional Development
April 3rd –5:00pm Science Fair
April 15th-19th Spring Break
| News from the Organic Garden Committee:|
Thank you to the Friends’ of Marblehead Public Schools for awarding the 2nd grade with a grant to work, play and learn with Change is Simple. Change is Simple will be providing each class with 3 one-hour workshops this spring, digging deeper into subject areas previously touched upon: soil and erosion, water systems, and food systems and food justice.SOIL – Why do we care about dirt so much? The kids realized through an enlightening and very funny conversation that all our food —vegetables, fruit, beef (grass the cows eat) and yes, even candy (sugar cane, cocoa beans) comes from the soil. Yet when we look at the Earth’s make-up, soil is a pretty small sliver. (Photo Earth -sitting in a circle)What are the soil horizons? Their depth? What are each layer made up of in Massachusetts? What horizon do plants grow in? What can effect the layers? EROSION! After a thoughtful conversation about soil, sediment, bedrock, and the causes of erosion (“wind, water, people, buildings”) the kids broke into groups to feel the 3 horizon layers and make their own soil profile. (Photo – small group with jars and small piece of paper)Let’s roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty and make a stream simulation! The kids created a number of different scenarios for their stream from your basic stream; to a forking stream; to one with rocks along the edges; and trees, bridges and finally buildings. Through each hands-on experiment, the kids saw examples of erosion (“the land is collapsing!”) and recognized that rocks and trees act as a structure for the rivers and slow erosion. There was great energy and excitement! (Photos – water/soil table)“Trees need soil, and the soil needs the trees!”, exclaimed one 2nd grader at the wrap up. Change is Simple brought the lesson full circle by asking the kids to dig deep (no pun intended!) and think about one thing THEY can do as 2nd graders to help the soil: COMPOST and make new, rich soil! This is something they are experts on after 5 weeks in the fall learning about worms and composting!
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Square 1 Art:**Our Square 1 Art deadline has been extended due to a color issue on the stickers sent home. Original art went home with your child yesterday. New stickers will go home with revised color on 4/4 or 4/5**!!NEW ORDER DEADLINE IS 4/11!!
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Bell School Magic Hat week April 8th-13th April 8th-13th is our week at the Magic Hat. Thanks to our many volunteers over the past few months! Hours earned at the Magic Hat fund our amazing cultural enrichment programs. Did you know just one hour of volunteering provides Bell School with over $50 that goes directly to programs such as Oooch & Tanglewood Marionettes? Find that you cannot get in to volunteer? Drop in and grab a load of laundry or donate a small (non-upholstered) furniture item and recieve 1 hour of volunteer time for Bell School! We also welcome grandparents and babysitters. School aged children are welcome on Saturdays during our designated weeks. All are welcome! Please sign-up here or just drop in with a friend or two. Don’t forget to sign-in on the Bell School page in the shop to get credit!Magic Hat hours are as follows:Tuesday- Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
|MORE IMPORTANT STUFF!|
| Bell School Science Fair happening tomorrow, April 3rd from 5-6 p.m. at Upper Bell.|
Everyone is invited to attend, project or not!
For more information about what happens at the Science Fair check out this link! https://www.bellpto.org/geese/2019/03/07/what-happens-at-the-science-fair/New School Information: Curious what the elementary schools look like in Marblehead? Public tours of the Upper Bell School, Coffin School, and Glover School are being offered 10am-12, Saturday, April 6th. Fun Run Committee – Are you interested in joining the team that will put on the Fun Run in May this year? We need volunteers to organize water tables, promotions, First Aid and much more! If so, meet in the UPPER BELL LIBRARY, tomorrow, APRIL 3rd, after drop off! If you can’t make the meeting, let us know you are interested by emailing us at email@example.com. Lost and Found: The Lost and Found is growing! If you are missing coats, mittens, hat, shirts, etc, be sure to visit the lost and found which is located at both Upper and Lower Bell lobbies. **All left items will be donated to the Magic Hat on April 12th**
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